My Happy Days
Date: 1944
Accession Number: 910601E
Donor: Leora E. Taylor
Description: One book in a document case


Born in Clarkesville, Tennessee in 1895, Jane Dabney Shackelford earned her A.B. degree from Indiana State Teachers College in 1919 and her masters degree from Columbia University in 1927. Settling in Terre Haute, Shackelford taught at Booker T. Washington School for nearly forty years. Her writing achievements in children's literature include The Child's Story of the Negro (1938; revised edition 1956) and My Happy Days (1944).

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains one signed first edition of Shackelford's My Happy Days, Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, Inc., 1944. The book is based on the community of Terre Haute and contains photographs of local people and places taken by Cecil Vinson of the Cruft School.

A digital version of My Happy Days is available on the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices website.  Digitization of these books was made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant in 2008.

For related material, see the Jane Dabney Shackelford Collections (#780222, #800627, and #900320).